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Erika Tan - Sensing Obscurity (I) 2012

Erika Tan - Sensing Obscurity (I) 2012

Erika Tan’s Sensing Obscurity is set in Saltram House, an English Manor House (now National Trust property) in Plymouth. The film takes place ‘some point in the not so distant future’, at a moment in time when Chinas ascendance as a global power has given rise to an opportunity to re-visit history differently. 

Using a mixture of documentary and narrative film tropes, the cut and paste aesthetics of hip-hop and chinoiserie - Saltram House and history as we know it, under-goes a slippery transition in an attempt to remain relevant and shore-up its status as cultural capital. 

Erika Tan - Sensing Obscurity (III) 2012

Erika Tan - Sensing Obscurity (III) 2012

A collaborative work with Erika Tan that mixes clips from examples of Chinoserie found in music and popular culture. Sound clips range from traditional jazz to modern electronic music, via Western interpretations of Eastern cinema. Formed around a traditional B-boy style the work was primarily composed for a group of break-dancers.